There are two places in the world where men can most effectively disappearthe city of London and the South Seas.
(Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. "The South Seas" (1858-59), The Piazza Tales and Other Prose Pieces 1839-1860, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 9, eds. Harrison Hayford, Alma A. MacDougall, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1987).
“It was strange to stand there in front of the mirror and see myself like I was my own best friend, a kid wanted to hang with forever. This was a boy I could travel to the seacoasts with, a boy Id like to meet up with in foreign cities like Calcutta and London and Brazil, a boy I could trust who also had a good sense of humor and liked smoked oysters from a can and good weed and the occasional 40 ounces of malt. If I was going to be alone for the rest of my life this was the person I wanted to be alone with.”
I had said to Mrs. Boscawen at table, "I believe this is about as much as can be made of life." I was really happy. My gay ideas of London in youth were realized and consolidated.
(James Boswell (1740-1795), Scottish author. Laird of Auchinleck, journal, April 20, 1781, p. 328, McGraw-Hill (1977).
Said at dinner in Mrs. Garrick's house, in the company of Samuel Johnson, Sir Joshua Reynolds, Dr. Charles Burney, and other friends.)
One of the many to whom, from straightened circumstances, a consequent inability to form the associations they would wish, and a disinclination to mix with the society they could obtain, London is as complete a solitude as the plains of Syria.
(Charles Dickens (1812-1870), British novelist. Nicholas Nickleby, ch. 20, p. 246 (1839).)
That's playgirl stuff, Brownie. I've seen them in London, Paris, Rome. They start life in a New York nightclub and end up covering the world like a paid advertisement. Not an honest feeling from her kneecap to her neck.
(John Lee Mahin (1902-1984), U.S. screenwriter, and John Ford. Victor Marswell (Clark Gable), Mogambo, response to Brownie's (Philip Stainton) suggestion that he make a play for Kelly (Ava Gardner) (1953).
Based on the play Red Dust by Wilson Collison.)